Canadian War Memorials


National War Memorial (Ottawa)


The National War Memorial was created because of the Canadian response to World War 1. The Government felt those people should be remembered so it hosted a competition in 1925 to create a memorial design. The competition was won by Vernon March. He died before he could finish his work so his siblings finished it for him. The memorial contains 22 bronze figures and each represents a branch of the army. This includes infantrymen, Lewis gunners, kited soldiers, pilots, air mechanics, cavalry men, artillery, sailors, a lumber man and men and women from other supporting services. On top of the arch is an angel of peace and freedom.

After the Second World War and the Korean War, the Government added the dates they took place in on either side of the monument. In May of 2000, an unidentified Canadian soldier was found in France. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added to the monument to represent all the unknown Canadian soldiers who died in war.

This marvelous work of art is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa in Confederation Square. You can see the Parliament Buildings in the back ground.

The memorial was unveiled by King George the Seventh in 1939 at 11 o'clock on May 21.


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